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If you don't like the opinion pieces that are being written by Thom and the other OSNews writers why don't you submit your own opinion piece/story/whatever on topics relating to Operating System news. In general Thom seems to be very good about letting OSNews forum readers and others have opinion articles shared here, if they are submitted.
I think people are being too harsh with Thom. He does have a tendency, in my opinion, to write in a sensational way. That's not necessarily bad but it reminds me of how John Dovark writes. Besides it is merely an opinion piece and he didn't state any of it as fact. Also I have gained a lot of knowledge about the actual place that KDE 4.0 is at now. I have been very interested but it is hard to gather news about KDE 4.0's status at the moment because there are so many different sub-projects for KDE 4.0 and it promises so many great things that when you are coming from the Windows world where such promises tend to be vaporware you can become rather cynical.
I have also gained more perspective with regards to the GNOME project and their position on whether or not they will be moving to a 3.0 release soon. I consider myself a Linux hobbyist because I used to try different flavors of Linux (although I have recently decided that I would rather use the room on my hard drive for other files) and I mostly just try Linux on the various Live CD's now.
Personally I use Windows XP because I know how to use it properly and it meets all of my needs, including games. I'm sure that I could get along well in Linux except for the lack of games support because while I do enjoy the new game consoles they just don't offer the support for the kind of games I like such as strategy games like Civ 4, Black and White, etc.